MADRID: Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced he will retire from professional football after the Euro 2024 finals.

The 34-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden career with Real since he joined them from Bayern Munich in July 2014, winning both La Liga and the Champions League on four occasions.

Kroos was also part of the Germany team which won the World Cup in 2014.

He quit international football in July 2021 but came out of retirement in February after talks with Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“My ambition was always to finish my career at the peak of my performance level,” Kroos said in a post on his Instagram account., external

“I am happy and proud that in my mind I found the right timing for my decision and that I could choose it on my own.”

Kroos made his debut for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga aged 17 in September 2007 and went on to win the first of three German league titles that season.

He was also part of the Bayern squad which won the Champions League in 2013, though did not play in the final.

Kroos said that the day he signed for Real “changed his life as a footballer but especially as a person” and his “only thought” now is to help Los Blancos to a 15th European Cup.

Real face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on 1 June.

“I have always said Real Madrid is and will be my last club,” he said.

“After 10 years at the end of season this chapter comes to an end. I will never forget this successful time.”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez added: “Toni Kroos is one of the great players in the history of Real Madrid and that this club is and will always be his home.”

Germany play Scotland in the opening game of Euro 2024 on 14 June at Munich’s Allianz Arena.